Use Private Internet Access VPN to Watch Netflix Securely and Easily
With Private Internet Access VPN Netflix is easy to watch. Last week was the first of many possible weeks of self-imposed or mandated isolation due to COVID-19, the Coronavirus, for much of our population. I am not yet in that position but since this may soon be my reality also, I was thinking about how that may look for me and what I may need to do to prepare and also to entertain myself. Fortunately (or not!) I won’t be covering all of those details here, but one thing would like to talk about is my experience last week using a new VPN – Private Internet Access – with the very popular streaming entertainment service, Netflix.
Speaking of Netflix, my viewing tastes run the gamut but lately I’ve been watching a big chunk of crime documentaries and a very funny sitcom that shall for no particular reason remain schitt’s creek nameless.
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A VPN (which stands for Virtual Private Network), is software that encrypts your IP (Internet Protocol) address. This means that when you use your phone, computer, tablet or smart TV, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or a possible snooper cannot see who or where you are, or what you’re looking at online, keeping you and your activities anonymous and much more safe.
The VPN I was using for several years was free to download and use, but I was recently convinced by a good friend that sometimes free VPN’s can have many downfalls. After a bit of research, I downloaded my new VPN, Private Internet Access (PIA) so I can feel more secure using my phone and laptop, especially since I could be using all of those a lot more now if I need to be “sheltering in place”.
Private Internet Access VPN was very easy to download and to set up, as well as being relatively inexpensive; they have a two-year plan that runs less than $85. The download and set up took less than two minutes, and the interface couldn’t be easier to use. Just click the familiar “ON” button. You can let the VPN automatically connect to a server or you can choose one of many yourself.
A quality VPN will run in the background quietly doing its job, leaving you to get your work done or get that great new Netflix series binge-watched. It shouldn’t interfere with anything you’re doing, so to make sure that was the case, I opened up my Netflix app and started an episode of a show. It ran perfectly well, as always, and also, as always, I fell asleep after 20 minutes.